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Where Have All the Proportionalists Gone?

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Interest in proportionalism as an important trend in Catholic moral theology seems to have faded in the recent decade. This has led some to view it as a movement that was somehow defeated. I suggest that proportionalism’s influence can still be seen in contemporary Catholic ethics, most noticeably in the current interest in virtue ethics, casuistry, and feminist ethics. I argue that proportionalism encouraged a reappraisal of the methodology for evaluating moral action in a direction that was more hospitable to concerns about the particularity and context of the agent.
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Keywords: Catholic Church; Richard McCormick; moral norms; moral theology; proportionalism; revisionists

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 March 2002

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